CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 25, 2015
Two Per Cent More Does It
Vancouver Canucks (9-8-6) started their four game road trip by taming the Minnesota Wild (11-6-3), giving them their first loss of their four game home stand, and their second loss at home this season.
Radim Vrbata had two goals, including a power play goal. The line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Jannick Hansen had four points ( Hansen his 7th goal; Daniel two assists for 15; Henrik an assist for 15).
Ryan Miller stopped 31 of 33 shots, for a .939 SV percentage. Vancouver was perfect on the power play and was 2 for 3 on their penalty kill, that goal going off of Edler’s skate and credited to Thomas Vanek.
The Wild came out strong in the opening period, pressing the Canucks with Ryan Miller playing strong as he patiently and eagerly anticipated his teammates getting their game legs sooner than later.
Minnesota got on the score sheet first with a power play goal by Thomas Vanek at 12:39, assisted by Mikko Koivu (15) and Mikael Granlund (9). It was the Canucks 8 power play goal against in 8 road games in November.
Vancouver kept challenging the Wild and Miller kept making timely saves, finally resulting in Radim Vrbata (5) scoring an even strength goal at 19:32, assisted by Jared McCann (3) and Alex Edler (9).
The Canucks started out with a stronger second period, taking the play to the Wild, and Miller continued to be strong in net for Vancouver, who took the momentum of the late first period goal in the middle frame.
In the final half of the second period, on the power play, Radim Vrbata (6) scored his second goal of the game, from Henrik Sedin (15) and Daniel Sedin (14), to put the Canucks up 2-1. It was the Canucks 6th power play goal in 8 road games this month. And that was the way the period end, with Vancouver up by a goal.
Vancouver out shot the Wild 10-5 in the second period, after being out shot 13-9 by Minnesota in the opening period.
Vancouver continued in the final frame where they left off in the middle period, and were rewarded at 5:21 on an even strength goal by Jannick Hansen (7), assisted by Daniel Sedin (15), Canucks now up 3-1.
At 12:48 of the period, Yannick Webber took a penalty, giving the Wild a great opportunity to get within a goal of Vancouver. While Minnesota was unsuccessful on the power play, the Wild took the momentum they created into the final five minutes of the game and turned it up a notch, pressing the Canucks and challenging them in the netural zone and in their own end.
With just under two minutes left in the game, the Wild pulled Devan Dubnyk out for a sixth attacker and the action got frantic and intense. Canucks found that their ability to withstand the Wild onslaught was wearing on them, and with 1:20 left in the game, Charlie Coyle (5) scored on a tip in from Ryan Suter (17) and Mikko Koivu (16).
Minnesota used their timeout and then the the frantic and intense action continued with the Wild continually trying to get their goalie out of the net again and get that sixth attacker back on the ice. The Canucks were not being so accommodating and eventually it happened and Minnesota was all in and giving it all they could when Vancouver got a pentalty.
Wild were now on the power play with six skaters to four. Alex Edler got two minutes for hooking with 33.4 seconds left. Wild were all over the Canucks net; Miller doing his best to follow the puck. Koivu misses a great backhand opportunity. Then Mikael Granlund with his great opportunity puts the puck over the net and out of play with 11.8 seconds left. The faceoff is a good one for Vancouver and they get the puck out and down the ice.
Canucks with in a frantic an exciting finish.
Alex Edler, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin all had points, to continue their points streaks. Alex Edler: 0-4=4 in 3 games; Daniel Sedin: 5-5=10 in 6 games; Henrik Sedin: 2-7=9 in 5 games.
Bo Horvat had his assists streak stopped at two games: 0-2=2. Henrik Sedin had his goal scoring streak ended at two games: 2-0=2.
- Jake Virtanen leads the team and leads NHL rookies in hits with 53.
- Daniel Sedin has 10 points (5-5-10) in his last 6 games. He has had two four point performances in the last six games – Nov. 10 at CBJ and Nov. 21 vs CHI. He currently leads the team in points (25) and goals (10).
- The Canucks are now 6-4-3 away from Rogers Arena this season.
- The Canucks stopped allowing at least 3 goals against at10 straight games tonight.
- The Canucks one goal victory tonight was just their 3rd in 15 one goal games this season. Vancouver won 22 of 31 one-goal games last season.
Next game: Friday, November 27 at the Dallas Stars.
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE
Statistics courtesy of the NHL, and the Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.